The Buddhist Religion: A Historical Introduction
Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1996 - Buddhism. - 342 pages
The most comprehensive, insightful, and up-to-date introduction to Buddhism available, this text traces the religion of Awakening from its origins to its spread throughout Asia and the world. Combining historical narrative with contextual analysis in a clear and engaging style, the authors present a full and balanced portrait of the Buddhist religion in terms of ritual, devotionalism, institutions, doctrine, and meditation practice. Of special interest are the discussions of women's contributions to the Buddhist tradition and the portraits of current religious life, both lay and monastic, drawn from all the major living Buddhist cultures of Asia. In this Fourth Edition, both Part One (the Indian development of Buddhism) and Part Two (Buddhism beyond India) have been substantially revised. Incorporated throughout the text are findings from the most recent scholarship as well as original research by the authors on Buddhism in its early, Tantric, Southeast Asian, and Western forms. Helpful citations in the text, glossary, and index highlight themes of interest in comparative religion together with cross-cultural developments in such distinctly Buddhist teachings as Karma, emptiness, and the nature of Awakening.
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THE BUDDHAS AWAKENING
THE BUDDHA AS TEACHER
THE DEVELOPMENT OF EARLY INDIAN BUDDHISM
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Abhidharma Amitabha arhants Asia Asian Asoka asravas attained Awakening became began bodhisattva Buddha Buddha-nature Buddhist Buddhist doctrine Buddhist texts Buddhist tradition canon central century c.e. Ch'an China Chinese Confucian cosmos cult cultural death dependent co-arising developed Dharma dhism dhist disciples dynasty Dzogchen emptiness Hinayana Hua-yen India Japan Japanese karma king Korean later lineage living Lotus Sutra Madhyamika Mahasanghika Mahayana Sutras master meditation merit mind monasteries monastic monks and nuns nirvana Noble Truths Nyingma one's ordination Pali Parinirvana Path pattern period person Pitaka political practice principle Pure Land realization realm rebirth religion religious Rinzai ritual role rules Sakyamuni samsara Sangha Sanskrit Sarvastivadins scholars sect Section sense shamanic skandhas social society spirit Sri Lanka Strong EB stupa Sutta Tantras Tantric Taoist teacher teachings temple Thai Theravada Theravadin Tibet Tibetan tion ultimate Vajrayana Vinaya vows Western Yogacara Yogacarin